Porsche Is Leading The Charge On Dealership EV Charging
Many dealers already have no-cost 350 kW chargers for Taycan drivers.
Trying to find the fastest electric vehicle chargers can be tedious or even impossible, but what if you could just visit your local car dealership? Many dealers are woefully underprepared for the incoming surge of EVs, and some are actively fighting back against installing chargers. But Porsche is leading the charge with its own branded DC fast chargers and setting an example the rest of the industry would do well to follow. Porsche dealers have quietly started to install chargers, some of which can juice up an EV at speeds of up to 350 kW, and made them free to use. sort of.
CarBuzz noticed that the dealer down the street recently opened two 350 kW plugs, so obviously we were curious about how Porsche plans to deploy them across its 199-dealer network in the US. Porsche Product Spokesperson Calvin Kim gave us the scoop on what to expect from Porsche in terms of EV charging.
These Chargers Aren’t Cheap
- 20,000 to 30,000 for a 25 kW charger
- 50,000 to 100,000 for a 50 kW charger
- 300,000 to 700,000 for a 320-350 kW charger
Our local dealer said the total installation cost for two 350 kW plugs plus an L2 charger was over 2 million. That’s a considerable investment, especially considering that the 2023 Porsche Taycan, the company’s lone electric model for the time being, can only charge at a 270 kW peak. Due to costs and timing, dealers are opting to install the lower output units as a stop-gap until they remodel to maximize efficiencies, Kim said.
Who Is Using These Plugs?
Our local dealership opted to install its chargers in the parking lot where all of the new and used vehicles sit. Outside of normal operating hours, this area is inaccessible to the public. These chargers are not intended to act as a public charging station since they are not available 24/7, but more as a perk for Taycan owners and a useful tool for the dealer. Most of the charging sessions are done by the dealer for service calls, Kim explained. Customers are not just showing up to use them on a road trip. A vast majority of Taycan owners have access to charging at home or the office.
That being said, these chargers will show up on the Taycan’s Navigation and Charging Planner, meaning they could be exploited by owners. Kim says these chargers are currently available at no cost, meaning Taycan owners can take advantage of quick, complimentary charging sessions if they live near a dealer. Of course, they can also have access to the dealer’s lounge with any food/amenities that might be available. This is an outstanding benefit not just for Taycan owners but a huge opportunity for Porsche dealers to capitalize on their investment.
Porsche doesn’t seem to have a long-term plan for these chargers. The idea is to see what happens, said Kim. The big cost is the infrastructure, so giving away the electricity is a drop in the bucket. These chargers are not technically open to the public, but unlike Tesla’s walled garden of Superchargers, the Porsche-branded units (built by ADS-TEC) can charge any EV that stops by. Tesla is soon opening a portion of its network to the general public, though, so Porsche may want to consider a similar approach.
Since we know many of the salespeople at our local dealership, they are happy to let us get a quick charge in any of our electric test vehicles. They see it as an opportunity to view competitors up close and learn about other EVs on the market, including their strengths and weaknesses. The chargers we use are completely unlocked, meaning we need only plug in and begin charging.
Some dealers require a card that they keep inside to activate a charging session, but Taycan owners on forums report that most locations will be happy to come outside and scan it for you if you call ahead. Our local dealer has even allowed a few non-Porsche owners to charge while they look around. We see this as a massive opportunity for dealers (not just Porsche) to conquest when EV owners come in for a charge. After all, a 25-minute charge session is the perfect length for a Taycan test drive.
Zero Hassle Charging
Not only are the Porsche-branded EV chargers free to use, but they’re far more reliable and easier to use than any public DC fast-charging station we’ve ever tested. A big part of the equation is not being 100% public facing (no payment issues, no broken connectors, less risk of being in use), but Porsche has proven that EV charging doesn’t need to be a huge hassle. Just take out the connector, stick it in the car, and charging commences.
Every once in a while, it fails to initialize because we didn’t quite secure the connector properly, but unplugging it, waiting a few seconds, then trying again seems to solve the problem.
We’ve tested the Porsche chargers on various EVs, including the Chevrolet Bolt EUV, GMC Hummer EV Pickup, Mercedes-AMG EQE, and Volvo C40 Recharge. These all have wildly different peak charge rates ranging from 55 to 350 kW, but the Porsche-branded chargers excel no matter which car we tested. They reach near-peak speeds almost immediately, even without battery preconditioning, and stay there for most of the session. Even after crossing the dreaded 85% mark, we noted the Hummer was still pulling down 87 kW. At 97%, it was still juicing at 22 kW.
Best EV Home Charger for Porsche Taycan
Updated May 6, 2023, by Michael Kim
Our Top Picks for Taycan
The Porsche Taycan is the brand’s first mass produced electric car. The Taycan comes in two body styles; a sedan and shooting brake Cross Turismo. The car has been very well received for its 800-volt electric architecture, blistering performance, as well as maintaining driving engagement despite the added weight of electric batteries.
The standard battery is a 79.2 kWh pack is rated at around 200 miles of range according to the EPA, while the Performance Battery Plus optional upgrade will increase the capacity to 93.4 kWh and increase the EPA range to 225 miles. However, both numbers have been proven to be conservative in independent testing.
The Porsche Taycan uses a standard J1772 / CCS connector for charging speeds up to 19.2 kW on a Level 2 three-phase home setup. To take advantage of the Taycan’s capabilities, see our top home chargers for Taycan below:
ChargePoint Home Flex (50 Amp)
ChargePoint is a reputable brand in public charging as well as home charging. The Home Flex is a current favorite with a combination of attractive design, 50-amp performance, and responsive customer support.
At the higher end of home chargers, the Home Flex is able to deliver up to 50 amps to your EV, which translates to approx. 36 miles of range added per hour. The companion ChargePoint app allows you to schedule charging sessions when electricity is cheapest, as well as send reminders if you forget to plug in your Taycan.
ChargePoint Home Flex is consistently good in a broad range of environments and is our top choice for drivers of high-performance electric vehicles like the Porsche Taycan.
- Up to 50 amp charging, 9 times faster than wall outlet
- 23 foot long charge cable
- Indoor/Outdoor operation
- NEMA 14-50, NEMA 6-50, or hardwired options
- UL Listed; safe and eligible for rebates/incentives in many states
Energy Star Certified, Wi-Fi connectivity, Alexa voice assistant compatibility, choice of NEMA 14-50 or NEMA 6-50 plugs, configurable between 16 and 50 amps
Dependent on the smartphone app for configuration and some features.
Wallbox Pulsar Plus (48 and 40 Amp)
The Wallbox Pulsar Plus is our top pick for a charger with a compact and attractive design at just 7.8″ x 7.9″ x 3.9″ in dimensions.
Available in 40 and 48 amp versions, the Pulsar Plus can charge up to 8 times faster than Level 1 (120v) charging. Like the Blink Charger, it features a 25 foot long cable. The 48 amp version is able to deliver up to 11.5 kW of power, cutting down charge times to just a few hours rather than overnight for a Taycan.
Wallbox also works great for households with multiple EVs that need to be charged simultaneously. Two or more Wallbox chargers on the same circuit can communicate with each other and balance the available household power between chargers.
- 40 and 48 amp versions
- 25 foot long charge cable
- Indoor/Outdoor operation
- NEMA 14-50 outlet, or hardwired
- Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity
Compact design with clear indicator lights, Wallbox app for control and charge monitoring
The app is rather basic compared to other chargers
Electrify America Level 2 Charger (40 Amp)
Taycan owners have likely heard of Electrify America, it is the brand behind the largest public fast charging network in the US, outside of Tesla’s Supercharger network. Electrify America has an excellent charger for home too, delivering up to 40 amps.
Frequent users of Electrify America’s public network will appreciate the integration of this home charger with the Electrify America app. Using a single app for managing both home and public charging is the main competitive advantage of this home charger.
The EA home charger is widely compatible with all EVs that support the standard Type 2 (J1772) charging connector. The 24-foot vehicle connector cable is thick and sturdy, suitable for indoor or outdoor usage.
- Up to 40 amps, can be configured as low as 16 amps
- 24 foot long charge cable
- Indoor/Outdoor operation
- NEMA 14-50, or can be hardwired
- UL Listed
- Wi-Fi Connectivity
Energy Star Certified and UL Listed, reputable brand and excellent customer support, one app for both public and home charging, 3 year warranty
The charger box is physically larger than most, at 15.75″ x 8.66″. The glossy black plastic shell is sturdy, but may not appeal to everyone.
Grizzl-E Level 2 EV Charger (40 AMP)
The Level 2 home charger from Grizzl-E is a compelling option for Taycan owners looking for durability and value. It is a simple utilitarian design metal box with an LED indicator light and heavy-duty construction. There are no screens or Wi-Fi connectivity options, just an industrial box with 40 amps of power delivery, which should translate to about 10 kW usable charging speed.
Grizzl-E is based in Canada, so their products are designed to perform in extreme weather conditions. The operating temperature range is between.22F to 122F for outdoor usage.
This charger is available with either NEMA 14-50 or NEMA 06-50 wall plugs (check the SKU when ordering), and an electrician can hardwire all variants.
- 40 amps, or as low as 16
- 24 foot long charge cable
- Indoor/Outdoor operation
- NEMA 14-50, NEMA 06-50, or hardwired options
Good value, durable construction and materials, heavy duty charging cable, suitable for extreme climates
No Smart features or app control
JuiceBox 40 Smart from Enel-X (40 Amp)
The JuiceBox 40 from Enel-X is a popular home charger and a suitable choice for Taycan owners. This Smart charger is priced in the middle of the spectrum and offers impressive 40 amp charging performance and Smart scheduling/monitoring options via a companion smartphone app. Users are also able to control charging via Google Home and Amazon Alexa voice assistant in Smart home setups.
DIY enthusiasts will be pleased with the easy installation instructions of the JuiceBox charger, there is just one simple wall bracket that needs to be attached to your wall. The charger can also be locked with an included key to the bracket, so the JuiceBox can not be easily removed and stolen from your wall. This is a nice feature for chargers mounted outside or in apartment complex parking lots.
When ordering, check between NEMA 14-50 plug-in version or the hardwired version for a cleaner look.
- Up to 40 amps
- 25 foot charge cable
- Indoor/Outdoor operation
- NEMA 14-50 and hardwired variants
- 3 year warranty
Key locking to the bracket, UL Listed, Energy Star certification, Wi-Fi connectivity and charge scheduling, integrated cord holster, simple installation
Some users reported finicky Wi-Fi performance (but there have been several software updates since), the charging cable is less pliable in cold weather than competitors like ChargePoint.
AMPROAD iFlow P9 (40 Amp)
AMPROAD is a newer option on the market that offers a budget-friendly but versatile home charger with portability for Taycan owners.
This charger includes 40 amp maximum output, a wall mounting bracket, a wall-mounted cord holder, a generous 25 foot length, and a thick and durable cable. Basically, all the criteria for daily use home EV charging stations. But you can slide the unit out from its wall mount, and tuck it away into the included travel bag, and you have a perfectly good portable EV charger.
Downsides? Not many. But the Smart features require the user to connect to the Wi-Fi network created by the charger instead of going through dedicated apps. Full AMPROAD review here.
- Up to 40 amps, with modes as low as 10 amps
- 25 foot long in total
- Indoor operations
- IP67 water tightness rating
- NEMA 14-50 plug
- Wi-Fi Connectivity
Portable, has a high quality and thick cable, clear LCD screen, optional Wi-Fi connectivity
NEMA 14-50 placement at the top of the box may limit mounting options, the Smart connectivity functions may have a learning curve
Porsche Taycan Charging Fast Facts
|EV Charging Connector
|J1772 / CCS
|79 – 93 kWh
|Level 2 Charging Power
|11 – 19 kW
|Level 2 Max Amps
|48 – 80 A
|Level 2 [20-80%] Charge Time
|4 – 5 Hours
|Level 3 Peak Power
Frequently Asked Questions about charging the Porsche Taycan
Assuming an off-peak electricity rate of 13 cents per kWh, and 95% charging efficiency, it would cost 12.73 to fully recharge a Taycan with the larger battery pack. Much cheaper than premium gasoline!
Standard Type 2 J1772 connector, like the majority of other EVs.
Standard equipment supports up to 11 kW charging speeds, while a 22 kW AC charger is optional from the factory.
The smallest wheel size is 19-inches, and all Taycans have staggered wheel setups. The front tires measure 225/55 R19, and the rears are 275/45 R19. This is going to be the most energy efficient setup for the Taycan. GTS variants step up to standard 20-inch wheels with wider tires all around; 255/40 R20 front and 295/35 R20 rear. Turbo S variants have the greatest amount of ground contact with 21-inch wheels and 265/35 R21 and 305/30 R21 tires. This increased level of grip comes with reduced driving range compared to lower trims.
Yes, all variants of the Porsche Taycan include a heat pump, which contributes to increased driving efficiency in colder climates.
Porsche claims that in optimal conditions, the Taycan can charge from 5% to 80% in just 22 minutes.
Not at this time. Superchargers are unavailable to Porsche Taycans in North America. Tesla uses proprietary charging connectors, and no adapters are currently on the market. The Supercharger network in North America is currently exclusive to Tesla cars. Later in 2023, Tesla is expected to make Supercharging stations available to all brands using a new docking adapter.
The Taycan is unique because it has charging ports on both sides near the front driver/passenger doors. Both ports support AC charging, while only the right-side port supports DC fast charging with a full CCS connector.
Why is EVchargerReviews.net different? We actually get the home charging stations into our garage for hands-on testing for a minimum of two weeks before we can recommend a product.
Porsche home charger
The Porsche Taycan sees Stuttgart’s famous sportscar manufacturer embrace electric vehicles.The Taycan combines traditional Porsche strengths with a considerable electric driving range and the fastest charging speeds on the market today.
A range of up to 318 miles is available (dependent on model variant), and charging at up to 270 kW on ultra-Rapid DC chargers which will get you from 10-80% charged up in approximately 23 minutes.
How to charge the Porsche Taycan
The Porsche Taycan range uses the CCS charging standard, which consists of a combined AC and DC inlet port. The top portion of the inlet is for the Type 2 connector, which is used when charging at home, or at public slow and fast AC points. Both the upper and lower sections on the inlet are used to carry high power during Rapid DC charging. The Porsche Taycan CCS charging inlet is found on the front flank, behind the off-side front wheel and in front of the driver’s door.
The Porsche Taycan is able to be slow, fast and Rapid charged from public points, depending on the network and type of charge unit. In most cases, slow charging requires a 3-pin-to-Type 2 cable, and fast charging a Type 2-to-Type 2 cable, one of which is usually supplied with the vehicle. For Rapid charging, the vehicle uses a tethered CCS connector which is part of the charging unit.
The Porsche Taycan uses two charging standards for its inlets – Type 2 and CCS. The Type 2 inlet is used when charging at home or at public slow and fast AC points. The CCS inlet is used to carry high power during Rapid DC charging from a CCS connector.
Charging on AC or DC requires the EV driver to plug the connectors into the correct inlet, after which the car then ‘talks’ to the charging unit to make sure there is a power supply, that there are no faults, and that it is safe to start charging. If charging at home or at a workplace charge point, the vehicle then automatically starts charging.
On a public charger, an activation process is required to initiate charging. Depending on the network provider, this may involve the use of Zap-Pay, an RFID card or a smartphone app, often linked to an account which has been set up beforehand. Contactless pay-as-you-go units are also becoming more common on newer units. Once activated, the units will conduct further connection and account checks before starting to charge the vehicle.
How long does it take to charge the Porsche Taycan
The Porsche Taycan is fitted with an 11 kW on-board charger for Type 2 AC charging as standard. This means that even when connected to a fast charger with a rated output above 11 kW, the Porsche Taycan will only be able to charge at up to 11 kW.
Porsche Taycan models with the larger 93.4 kWh battery are capable of ultra-Rapid charging at up to 270 kW DC, and Taycan models with the 79.2 kWh battery are able to charge at up to 225 kW DC.
The following table shows approximate times to charge the Porsche Taycan. We recommend charging to 80% charge in order to protect the battery and maximise efficiency.
Note that the times shown are only a guide, as very rarely will an EV need to be fully charged from 0%. Other factors that might vary the charging time include ambient temperature, in-vehicle energy loads, any upper and lower charge restrictions to extend battery life and protect against potential damage, and charging rates slowing down as the maximum charge is reached.
|7kW charging to 100% in hours
|22kW charging to 100% in hours
|50kW charging to 80% in hours
Use our Home Charging Calculator to estimate charging times for the Porsche Taycan. The level of battery charge, connector power rating, and on-board charger options can be tailored to your requirements for more accurate results.
How much does it cost to charge the Porsche Taycan
The cost to charge the Porsche Taycan is primarily driven by the cost of the electricity, which itself varies by the type of charge point and the efficiency of the motor.
Zapmap monitors the cost of charging on a monthly basis. Our charging Price Index shows the weighted average PAYG pricing, based on real charging sessions for the previous three months.
The table below shows these split by power rating.
|Type of charging
|Price per kWh
In general, home charging provides the cheapest per mile cost and public Rapid charging tends to be around double the cost.
To find the cost and times to charge an EV on a public charge point, our Public Charging Calculator calculates charging costs for any new or used plug-in vehicle. The results can be personalised for different electricity costs and the level of charge required.
Charging the Porsche Taycan at home
To find the cost and times to charge an EV on a public charge point, our Public Charging Calculator calculates charging costs for any new or used plug-in vehicle. The results can be personalised for different electricity costs and the level of charge required. Charging at home is often the most convenient and cost effective way to recharge an EV. Government grants are available to help accelerate the provision of EV charge points in flats and rented accommodation, and a large number of companies offer a fully installed charge point for a fixed price.
Most home chargers are either rated at 3 kW or 7 kW. The higher powered wall-mounted units normally cost more than the slower 3 kW option, but halve the time required to fully charge an EV. Many plug-in car manufacturers have deals or partnerships with charge point suppliers, and in some cases provide a free home charge point as part of a new car purchase. We recommend shopping about beforehand as there are a number of suitable products on the market.
Charging the Porsche Taycan on the public network
The UK has a large number of public EV charging networks, with some offering national coverage and others only found in a specific region. Major charging networks include bp pulse, GeniePoint, GRIDSERVE, InstaVolt, Pod Point and ubitricity.
Payment and access methods across networks vary, with some networks taking cross-network payment solution Zap-Pay, others providing an RFID card and others a smartphone app to use their services. While most require an account to be set up before use, many Rapid units now have contactless PAYG card readers.
Although some EV charge points are free to use, the majority of chargers require payment. Charging tariffs tend to comprise a flat connection fee, a cost per charging time (pence per hour) and/or a cost per energy consumed (pence per kWh). For more information about network tariffs, visit our public charge point networks guides.
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Porsche Charging Pre-Check
With the Porsche Charging Pre-Check, prospective customers find out well in advance whether or not charging at home is a possibility. A short online questionnaire collects information on the residential and parking situation, existing power connections and internet availability. Based on this, the potential customer receives an initial assessment and a Pre-Check ID. If the customer wants individual advice, they can send this code to a Porsche Centre.
Porsche Home Energy Manager
The Home Energy Manager (HEM) is an intelligent control centre. Connected to the customer’s domestic fuse box by the electrician, it ensures smooth and convenient charging at home. In combination with the Mobile Charger Connect, the Home Energy Manager can optimise the charging process in terms of performance, time, costs and power sources. It ensures maximum charging power while taking account of the individual domestic power supply.
The Home Energy Manager can also specifically charge vehicles at times when other electrical devices in the household are not typically being used. The HEM can also manage charging operations for several vehicles simultaneously. Chronology, prioritisation and scheduled departure times are among the factors it takes into account. It also helps to reduce the costs of charging. If the customer has an electricity tariff that is cheaper at certain times of day, the Home Energy Manager can shift charging to those times.
Optimised for the use of self-generated power, the HEM allows targeted charging with domestically produced solar power. When the freely selectable minimum charge level is reached, only solar power not being consumed by the house is used for charging.
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Wallboxes mobile ev car chargers for the Porsche Taycan 4S Plus
Are you looking for the best charging option for an Porsche Taycan 4S Plus? Then you have come to the right place, because you don’t need a Porsche wallbox to charge your car. There are many possibilities to charge your car and we help you to make the right choice, step by step.
The Porsche Taycan 4S Plus needs a Mennekes type 2 plug and the car has a maximum AC charging capacity of 11 kW. This means that your car with a wallbox at home will never charge faster than that. In addition, the car has an usable battery capacity of 83.7 kWh.
Of course, it is also possible that you do not want to use a wallbox but a mobile wallbox or a wallbox with a lower charging capacity. That is why you will find here all the important charging information about the Porsche Taycan 4S Plus.
|Mobile wallbox (2.3 kW)
|230V / 1x10A
|1-phase 16A (3.7 kW)
|230V / 1x16A
|1-phase 25A (5.8 kW)
|230V / 1x25A
|1-phase 32A (7.4 kW)
|230V / 1x32A
|3-phase 16A (11 kW)
|400V / 3 x16A
|3-phase 25A (17 kW)
|400V / 3 x16A
|3-phase 32A (22 kW)
|400V / 3 x16A
= Charging speed limited by vehicle
EV charging cable for Porsche Taycan 4S Plus
The Porsche Taycan 4S Plus has a mennekes connection, so it requires a type 2 ev charging cable. The car has a 3-phase 11 kW charging capacity. It is therefore only possible to use a phase 3 ev charging cable of 11 or 22 KW if you charge 11 kW.
Looking for a charging cable for this car? Then click here.
Wallbox for Porsche Taycan 4S Plus
The electric Porsche Taycan 4S Plus has a maximum charging power of 11 kW with an usable battery capacity of 83.7 kWh. This means that charging via a wallbox is advisable. A number of things are useful to know for this. A wallbox with a heavier charging capacity will not charge more than the maximum load capacity of your car, but it can’t hurt either. A wallbox with a lighter power is also possible and can be useful, for example, when the fuse box is not suitable for heavy charging. The wallbox will never charge heavier than what it is made for. Wallboxes have 4 charging capacities, provided that these cannot be adjusted yourself:
3.7 kW wallbox (1 phase of 16A): will charge a maximum of 3.7 kW for this car.7.4 kW wallbox (1 phase of 32A): will charge a maximum of 3.7 kW for this car.11 kW wallbox (3 phases of 16A): will charge a maximum of 11 kW for this car.22 kW wallbox (3 phases of 32A) : will charge a maximum of 11 kW for this car
Fuse box connection for the wallboxChoosing the best wallbox for your Porsche Taycan 4S Plus depends not only on the possibilities of the car but also for a large part of the fuse box connection. Especially whether you have a 1 or 3 phase connection at home or at work. The Porsche Taycan 4S Plus can charge on 3 phases and can therefore load the maximum charging capacity (if it is at least 3 x 16A). If you don’t have a 3 phase connection yet, but you will get it in the future. You can still buy a 3 phase wallbox and just connect 1 phase so you can still charge your car in the meantime.
If you have a 1 phase connection, you cannot charge the maximum charging capacity of 11 kW, you will always only charge a maximum of 3.7 kW regardless of the power of the wallbox. You can also read this article from us with more information about the connection in your fuse box.
Mobile wallbox for Porsche Taycan 4S Plus
With a mobile wallbox (also called portable ev charger), you can charge your hybrid or electric car through a normal socket at home. So is the Porsche Taycan 4S Plus. Sockets at home have a power of about 220 volt, depending on your country. A mobile wallbox is equipped in such a way that it can be connected to that power grid.
For your Porsche Taycan 4S Plus you need to have a Type 2 mobile wallbox. Of course, charging at home via the socket is less fast, but it can certainly be sufficient for hybrid or electric cars with a smaller battery. A mobile wallbox can usually charge 2.3 or 3.7 kW (10 or 16A). Due to the high battery capacity of the Porsche Taycan 4S Plus, we recommend using a portable ev charger mainly as a backup or as an emergency solution.
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